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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What experience does the stranger relate to him?

2. The title of the novel refers to what type of accident?

3. What causes him to think about his grandmother in this way?

4. What is this person waiting to do?

5. What has this accident set off?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the protagonist react to the stranger's honesty?

2. Why does the protagonist believe his grandmother is outside his room?

3. Why does the protagonist begin to tell the stranger his story?

4. What does he tell the nurse? What is her response? Why does he feel this way?

5. Describe the story and the main character.

6. What happens when the protagonist tries to eat a hamburger?

7. What is the protagonist's memory about his grandmother?

8. Describe the details of the accident.

9. What does the protagonist vow? What ends his memory?

10. What happens when Kathleen tries to talk to the protagonist?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The protagonist is not named until Section 6.

Part 1) What is his name? Why is it not known until Section 6?

Part 2) What is the author's purpose for keeping him anonymous for over half of the novel?

Part 3) How might this reflect how both the author and main character feel about themselves?

Essay Topic 2

Gyula destroys the portrait.

Part 1) Why does he destroy it? Does this help the main character? Why or why not?

Part 2) Would this tactic work with anyone suffering in the same way as the main character? Why or why not?

Part 3) Why does Gyula leave the ashes sitting in a pile? How do they affect the protagonist? Why do they affect him this way?

Essay Topic 3

The main character thinks more about death than life.

Part 1) How does this affect his relationship with others?

Part 2) What would his grandmother think about this? Use the text to support your response.

Part 3) Based on this story, how does the author believe one can change and enjoy life?

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